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  • Flight carrying 20 Israelis makes emergency landing in Tehran

    March 4, 2014 | 9:37 am

    A Turkish Airlines flight carrying 20 Israeli passengers made an emergency landing in Tehran.

    The flight Tuesday from Istanbul to Mumbai landed in the Iranian capital so a passenger could receive emergency medical treatment. After sitting on the runway for two hours, the plane...

  • Turkish police battle protesters in Istanbul square

    June 11, 2013 | 1:11 pm

    Turkish riot police using tear gas and water cannon battled protesters for control of Istanbul's Taksim Square on Tuesday night, hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded an immediate end to 10 days of demonstrations.

    The governor of Istanbul went on television to...

  • Woman in red becomes leitmotif for Istanbul’s female protesters

    June 4, 2013 | 10:04 am

    In her red cotton summer dress, necklace and white bag slung over her shoulder she might have been floating across the lawn at a garden party; but before her crouches a masked policeman firing teargas spray that sends her long hair billowing upwards.

    Endlessly shared on social...

  • Apple’s first store set to open in Istanbul

    May 20, 2013 | 9:58 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Consumer technology market analysts expect Apple to start taking a big bite from the emerging market for its products here when it opens its first store in Istanbul in a few months.

    "We're going to place our first store in...

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  • Ergogan disregards Kerry request to postpone Gaza visit

    April 22, 2013 | 7:24 am

    Turkey's prime minister will go ahead with a planned visit next month to Gaza, despite a request from US Secretary of State John Kerry to postpone.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly refused Kerry's request Sunday to postpone the visit, during a meeting between the two leaders in...

  • Hiding Israel

    By David Suissa

    August 8, 2012 | 11:28 am

    There are two ways to look at the Obama administration’s decision to exclude Israel from its global anti-terrorism initiative. If you recall, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Istanbul last month to convene the Global Counterterrorism Forum, the group of invitees...

  • U.N.‘s Ban Ki-moon says bold steps needed to stop Syrian violence

    June 1, 2012 | 11:08 am

    The escalating violence in Syria shows the urgent need for the international community to take bolder steps, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a news conference in Istanbul on Friday.

    Ban voiced fears a day earlier that any repeat of the massacre of civilians a week ago in...

  • Thousands in Istanbul rally against Israel

    June 1, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Thousands of Turks in Istanbul rallied against Israel Thursday, marking the second anniversary of an Israel Defense Forces raid on the Mavi Marmara ship that was part of a flotilla that claimed to be carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

    Israel had determined that the flotilla was...

  • Iran to offer ‘new initiatives’ in nuclear talks

    April 11, 2012 | 8:20 am

    Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator said his country was prepared to offer “new initiatives” at upcoming nuclear talks in Istanbul.

    “Iran’s representatives will participate in the negotiations with new initiatives,” Saeed Jalili was quoted as saying Wednesday by the official Iranian...

  • World powers to meet Iran in Istanbul this week

    April 9, 2012 | 1:24 am

    Nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers will be held this week in Istanbul, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton announced.

    The talks announced Sunday are scheduled to be held April 14 in Istanbul and will include six world powers: the United States,...

  • Israel soccer team playing in Turkey, despite tensions

    September 15, 2011 | 11:25 am

    An Israeli soccer team arrived in Istanbul to play a Turkish team, despite tensions between the two countries.

    The Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer team landed Wednesday night amid heavy security. Turkish protesters waved Palestinian flags and chanted anti-Israel slogans outside the hotel in...

  • Israelis detained in Istanbul

    September 5, 2011 | 2:41 pm

    About 40 Israelis who arrived in Istanbul were detained and questioned.

    The Israelis, mostly businesspeople, arrived Monday on a Turkish Airlines flight from Ben Gurion. They reportedly were separated from the other passengers, had their passports taken, and were questioned for...

  • Historic Istanbul synagogue reborn as vibrant arts center

    November 11, 2010 | 1:09 pm

    The Haskoy quarter of Istanbul, which overlooks the historic Golden Horn inlet of the Bosphorus, was once the site of the gardens and pavilions of the Ottoman Empire sultans. In the late 15th century, it became the refuge for thousands of Jews who were expelled from Spain and...

  • Turkish Jews Dig Out After Bombs

    By Yigal Schleifer

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Yoel Ulcer was so set on helping Istanbul's Jewish community that he could hardly wait to turn 18, when he could join the corps of volunteer guards that stands outside synagogues and Jewish institutions in Turkey's commercial capital.

    His devotion cost Ulcer his life: He was one of...

  • Attacks Bolster Turks’ Will to Fight Evil

    By Engin Ansay

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Following the dastardly attacks in Istanbul targeting Turkish Jews in two synagogues on Nov. 15 that left 25 innocent people dead and several hundred Turkish Jews and Muslims severely injured (see Cover Story, p. 18), I was asked what this all means for Turkey.

    It means sadness and...

  • Jews’ Long History in Turkey

    By Yigal Schleifer

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish presence in Turkey usually is dated to 1492, when the Ottoman emperor Beyazit II welcomed Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition to his territory.

    In fact, though, Jewish life in the area has been traced back to at least the fourth century B.C.E. During the Byzantine...

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